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My Life on a Hillside Allotment Hardcover – 2 Apr 2007
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"Every time he appears on the programme we feel that life is worth living. He has that power to lift your spirits." (Jeremy Vine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Heartwarming, delightful memoir from the man who has kept an allotment in Wales for over fifty years, and has been adopted by The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2.See all Product description
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I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I found was an enthusiastically written and heart felt tome which is harder than any book I've read in recent years (with the exception, sadly, of the Harry Potter series!) to put down.
It's obvious from the start that Terry enjoyed writting the book and is keen to share every aspect of his life, memories and gardening tips!
The book not only provides a fascinating insight to life in the Rhondda over the past 60 years but also many interesting stories about what has been a life of varied fortunes and interests.
It's hard not to want to go out, buy a spade and start cultivating your garden into a little oasis of flowers and veg having read this book, Terry's fondness for all things horticultural seems to seep into you as you read!
I'd recommend this book whole heartedly to anyone who enjoys gardening, good humour or simply a good yarn.
If you have an allotment or just enjoy growing your veg in your own garden - you'll love this book.
If you have no interest in growing veg but just love listening to Terry on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show - you'll love this book.
If you like autobiographies - you'll love this book.
If you just want something a bit different and a nice easy read - you'll love this book.
I like all four hence the 5 star rating!
This is a really easy read about a very "down to earth" (excuse the pun) guy who has worked hard all his life and is passionate about his allotments. It's a great insight into life in the Welsh Valleys in 50's & 60's. It is also very funny in many parts (his radio character carries well across in written form) and I caught myself laughing out loud on many occasions! This is a real refreshing change from garden advice books and the like.
I dare you to read it and not be inspired to have a go at growing a few spuds, carrots or even a few lettuces in a tub on the patio this year! Terry is a real inspiration and I'll certainly be planting a few veggies this year in tribute to the guy!
It's chocked full of gardening tips for any budding allotmenteer, or any hardened gardners, all interwoven through the tale of Terry's fifty years on his hillside plot.
This is more than a simple autobiographical gardening book, this is also the story of the ever changing shape of the Rhondda Valley, socially, economically and geographically. All seen through the fish eye lense of a small plot of fertile land, nestled away on a windswept Rhondda hillside.
Terry's lifelong passion for gardening leaps from every page, and his enthusiasm knows no bounds, even his wife's airing cupboard is not safe from invasions of seedlings! Terry's infectious humour radiates through as well, some pages had me chuckling away for ages.
I heartly recommend this book, not just to fans of Jeremy Vines show, who listen to Terry regularly; not just to everyone who ever has, or wants to pick up a spade and grow their own, but to all who want to know a little of life in the South Wales Valleys over the past fifty years.
Five stars from me!
Autobiography, social history, gardening and cookery, all in one book. Bargain!
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